Kobe Bryant Divorce Battle

Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant are trying to keep the details of their divorce private, stating that the basketball player and her wife intend to resolve all issues related to the divorce in private fashion and there is no ‘Kobe Bryant Divorce Battle.’ It is not unusual for celebrity couples to arrange privately divorce issues, and Kobe and Vanessa are expected to file for a final settlement with Orange County Superior Court in 2012. The couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement, according Vanessa Bryant’s mother.

Koby Bryant Divorce

In the meantime, news that Kobe Bryant was repeatedly cheating hit the headlines, which can make Kobe Bryant divorce battle more difficult for him. Tabloids state that he had relationship with one of Kim Kradshian’s best friends. Reportedly, the basketball star’s latest love affair was with 27-year-old Carla DiBello, who is a producer on the reality TV series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Kourtney and Kim Take New York.” The 33-year-old Kobe Bryant is meeting with DiBello since 2009, according to sources close to the Kardashians.

The Bryants have two daughters, Natalia and Giana, and filed for joint custody of them, asking the public to respect their privacy during difficult times. Vanessa is asking for visitation rights to be granted to Kobe.

The NBA star declined to comment on ‘Kobe Bryant divorce battle’ on Friday.

Joe Paterno Back to the Hospital

Joe Paterno, the legendary former Penn State football coach, has suffered from fractured pelvis after a fall at his home and was rushed to a hospital to receive treatment. Paterno would not need to undergo surgery but will be treated for cancer and is expected to be fully recovered within days, hospital sources said.

Joe Paterno Hospitalized

The 84-year-old Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer and doctors expressed optimism he can be fully recovered from the illness. During preseason practice in August, Paterno hurt his pelvis after a blindsiding incident on the field.

The Brooklyn, New York-born Paterno headed the football team of Penn State in 1966 and remained at the helm until last month when he was fired amidst a child abuse scandal involving a former defensive coordinator of the Nittany Lions, Jerry Sandusky. Paterno managed to lead his team to a record 409 NCAA Division I victories during his career.

Sandusky is charged with abusing young men while being part of the team’s management for years. Paterno is not charged but was fired along with Penn State President Graham Spanier, who tried to cover the scandal when another member of the management witnessed Sandusky and a young man in the team’s bathroom and informed Spanier and one of his deputies in charge of the university police force.

Oregon State Football Player Collapses, Dies

Fred Thompson, a 19-years-old Oregon State football player, collapsed during a basketball game and died following a heart attack on Wednesday, local media reported. Paramedics were unable to save the life of the young man, with doctors at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis declaring him dead upon his arrival in the hospital.

Fred Thompson

Thompson was a freshman from Richmond, California, where he played as a standout player at Oakland Technical Senior High. He was recovering from shoulder surgery and missed this season.

Football coach Mike Riley is expected to be back to Corvallis after the news hit him while recruiting new players off campus.
The promising football player considered to graduate in business sciences and selected Oregon State because of the “family vibe, nice campus and great academics,” according to his team biography, published online.

Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler’s Engagement Back On

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler have engaged again after a five-month break, the reality actress tweeted, adding that this time it’s official. She elegantly showed her new wedding ring in Beverly Hills, spreading the news on their engagement. A source close to the couple said that the two have been working out their engagement after taking a break from an initial engagement in April. Jay Cutler told journalists there is no date for an official engagement.

Jay Cutler Kristin Cavallari

The Chicago Bears player was injured during a game against the San Diego Chargers, suffering a broken and dislocated thumb, thus he will have time to take care of his personal life. His manager, Lovie Smith, said the team is going along like Cutler will be able to play again soon. The surgery, made by Colorado specialist, went well, according to Smith. Cutler now has three screws and two pins in the thumb, with doctors expecting the pins to be removed three-to-10 weeks after surgery.

A close friend of Cavallari said the actress is absolutely devastated and still cannot believe this is happening. Following their first engagement in April, Cavallari said she and Jay always knew they are intended to be a couple.

Red Sox take risk with Bobby Valentine

Boston Red Sox finalized a deal putting Bobby Valentine at the helm of the team, with Valentine expressing his great desire to take the job. He is to succeed Terry Francona at the post but pundits claim that such a move poses great risk because Valentine is considered to be intense and volatile. In addition, Valentine has never won a division title while managing  the teams of the Texas Rangers and New York Mets for a total of 12 full seasons.

Red Sox Bobby ValentineHe has not managed in the United States since 2002 but led Japan’s Chiba Lotte Marines to their first title in 31 years, winning also the Asia Series. Nevertheless, his successes in the U.S. include only two wild cards and one National League pennant.

Former general manager of New York Mets, Steve Phillips, said the Sox can only benefit from hiring Valentine, describing him as an experienced manager who is opinionated, reads stats well, and numbers mean something to him. He is the best fit for the team, according to Phillips.

Valentine has returned from Japan to sign his contract, commenting that the Red Sox are a great team and the opportunity to manage them is fabulous.

Penn State Scandal

Scandal surrounding former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky continues, with the number of boys allegedly abused in the course of 15 years growing to 18, according to authorities. At present, Sandusky is charged with attacking eight boys during his career at the Pennsylvania State. Minn. attorney Jeff Anderson told journalists he is representing several men who were sexually abused by the former assistant coach during that period.

Penn State Scandal

Key witness Michael McQueary, assistant football coach at Penn State, declined to comment publicly what he really witnessed in 2002 and what he did to prevent future sexual harassment within the university. In 2020, McQueary saw Sandusky abusing a boy in the shower and left immediately but was never questioned by any government agency including University Police, according to a report by the grand jury.

However, a leaked email written by McQueary reads that he stopped the alleged attack and later discussed the incident with police officers. University Police and State College police claim they have no record that McQueary reported to them an alleged sexual assault by his former colleague.

Pennsylvania authorities plan to create a special commission to investigate the case and all circumstances surrounding the scandal, including versions why the alleged abuse was not reported for so long a period. In the very beginning of the scandal, Penn State President Graham Spanier and longtime football coach Joe Paterno have resigned from their respective positions along with Vice President Gary Schultz, who was responsible for managing university’s police forces at the time when the alleged abuse took place.

Joe Paterno Fired from Penn State

The Penn State university board of trustees announced that Joe Paterno, the most successful football coach in the history of major college football, had been fired amid allegations of a child sex-abuse by a former assistant coach. Graham B. Spanier, the Penn State president also resigned in the midst of a growing scandal.

Joe Paterno Fired

The 84-year-old Paterno was laid-off after the former coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of a child-sex abuse who was involved in such practices for years. “Let me think it through,” Paterno told journalists outside his home, adding that he is not the football coach anymore after heading Penn State’s football team for 46 years.

Thousands of Penn State students flooded the streets, shouting slogans that they want Joe back and asking for one more game. Later, the crowds of students clashed with police at Beaver Avenue.

Allegedly, Jerry Sandusky has molested eight boys in 15 years while Paterno failed or did not want to stop him, critics said. Former graduate assistant and current assistant coach Mike McQueary, the athletic director, Tim Curley, and the vice president, Gary Schultz, were also involved in a 2002 case when McQueary spotted Sandusky molesting a young boy in the Penn State sports center showers. Schultz notified Spanier but all officials who were aware of the incident did not notify the authorities.
Paterno led his team to record 409 victories in college football, managed to win two national championships and guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons.

IndyCar Driver Dies In Massive 15-Car Wreck

Dan Wheldon, the British driver who is a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, died in a terrific accident on Sunday when his car was engaged in a 15-car pileup in which another three drivers were injured. The 33-year-old Briton had started at the back of the 34-car field and was in a good position to attack the $5 million prize in Las Vegas before two cars deliberately touched tires, which resulted in a 15-car wreck during Lap 11. A helicopter transported Wheldon to the University Medical Center but some two hours later the driver passed away.

Dan Wheldon Crash

Spectators in Las Vegas witnessed one of the worst accidents in the history of motor-sport with more than a dozen cars burning in flames within seconds and debris covering the track nearly halfway up the straightaway. Wheldon’s car turned over in the air and landed into the the catch fence taking deadly hits from other cars’ debris.

JR Hildebrand and Pippa Mann were also hurt in the crash with Mann being treated for a burn, while Hildebrand is going to spend the night in a hospital for further evaluation. Will Power has been released from the hospital after being evaluated and no serious injuries have been found.

Britain-born Wheldon arrived in the United States in 1999 and managed to grab the series championship prize in 2005. He topped the ladder 16 times in his IndyCar career. Fellow colleagues commented that everyone in IndyCar died a little on Sunday and Wheldon’s name is one to be remembered.

The track in Las Vegas allows for very high speeds with car racers speeding with nearly 360 km per hour during practice.

Terry Francona Leaves Boston Red Sox

Terry Francona, the Red Sox manager, announced he is leaving the club after eight seasons at the helm and two World Series trophies won under his management. He managed to get the Red Sox to five playoffs during his time and General Manager Theo Epstein said Francona is not to blame for negative development club development in Septembers when the team somehow blew a nine-game wild-card lead. The Red Sox will miss the playoffs for a second year in a row.

Terry Francona Leaves Boston

Francona and Theo Epstein appeared at a joint press conference but declined to comment in detail what would happen between the club and its manager. The two are one of the most successful duos in baseball after Francona arrived in the Red Sox in 2004 but recent developments led to a historical collapse of the team.

Francona told journalists he and the club will decide whether the Red Sox would exercise the team’s two-year option on his contract, while Francona is not going to comment on further negotiations. He admitted there is intense pressure in managing the Red Sox but pointed out at successes the team achieved in the past years.

Pundits comment that Francona’s options are to go to the Chicago White Sox where the position of manager is vacant after Ozzie Guillen is moving to the Miami Marlins. Other options include a managerial position with the Cubs or with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Rays Comeback Win Puts Them In Playoffs and Red Sox Out

The Boston Red Sox suffered a historic defeat and were left out of the playoffs with Atlanta Braves also failing to win a wild-card place. The Tampa Bay Rays and the St. Louis Cardinals managed to get to the playoffs with impressive wins against the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros, respectively. Pundits commented that the Rod Sox were not able to cope with the massive pressure on them and the team are not playing their game recently.

Boston Red Sox Francona

Four games in the final day of the season had been decisive and determined which teams are to get to this year’s playoffs. Tampa Bay was loosing 7-0 to the New York Yankees but managed to overcome this deficit in the eighth and ninth innings, winning the game in extra time after pinch-hitter Dan Johnson made two-out homer. The Rays won following a second homer by Evan Longoria and a line shot in the 12th inning.

The St. Louis Cardinals won 8-0 over the Houston Astros, extending their winning run to 22 wins in their final 30 games. Atlanta lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 in 13 innings which secured the Cardinals a place in the playoffs.